2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2009 9:46 AM by philmodjunk

    Can I install different versions of FileMaker on one PC



      Can I install different versions of FileMaker on one PC


      I have a PC using Windows XP with an older version of FileMaker Pro...  v7

      Can I install FileMaker Pro 10 on the same PC?


      I would install them into their own respective directories. C:\program files\FMPro\v07 and C:\program files\FMPro\v10

      What issues would I run into if I did?


      What would happen to existing databases on the system?

      If I only used v10 for new DB's, and v7 for the existing ones would that be OK?


      What if I am sharing DB's, could I tell my PC to only use v7 for sharing for now? and then later use v10 after I'm able to get rid of v7?


      Thanx for any help


        • 1. Re: Can I install different versions of FileMaker on one PC

          Filemaker is very good about different install locations for different versions of the program.  If you accept the defaults while you are installing the programs, they will automatically be installed to different folders.


          As far a sharing DBs, you will only be able to share from one Filemaker program at a time. The first program you open will take ownership of the port (unless web sharing is disabled).  The second program will flash a warning message telling you that the port is not available and that it cannot share files.

          • 2. Re: Can I install different versions of FileMaker on one PC

            You shouldn't have any major problems with a "dual install" like this. I have 5.5 and 10 on my machine due to recently completing just such a conversion.


            The main issue is to take care with your Windows settings that control which application will launch when you duoble click a database file.


            Both FMP 10 and FMP 7 use the same file format and the same .fp7 file suffix so only one app will automatically launch when you open a file. To open the file with the other version, simply launch the application first, then choose open from the file menu.


            As to sharing, you should open the file first on you host computer. Thus you can control which version hosts the file simply by taking care to select the correct version to open in in the first place. (You can probably just host the file in fmp 10 and fmp 7 users will be able to connect to the db without any trouble since the file format hasn't changed.)